Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine
Pain Physician, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research
Dr. Leonardo Kapural is a pain physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and The Center for Clinical Research. He is also a clinical adjunct faculty of anesthesiology at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain, and visceral abdominal pain. Following his fellowship in pain management at the Cleveland Clinic, he stayed in the Cleveland Clinic’s pain management department for 10 years, serving also as director of clinical research and professor of anesthesiology at the CCLMC of Case Western University. Dr. Kapural is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation societies, and World Institute of Pain.
In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as director-at-large of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is currently director-at-large of both the North American and International Neuromodulation societies. Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education and extensive research. His innovation in the area of pain treatments brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 130 journal articles, more than 200 abstracts, two books, and 30 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America” list.
Sessions at Neurovations Events
2017 Napa Pain Conference
- New Waveforms of Spinal Cord Stimulation: Effectiveness of High Frequencies Other Than 10K
- Best Practices in Spinal Cord Stimulation: Clinical Evidence of SCS for Failed Back Surgery
2016 Napa Pain Conference
- Radiofrequency Denervation of the Hip: Novel Approaches & Long Term Effectiveness
2015 Napa Pain Conference
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain
- Potential of Closed Loop Feedback in SCS
2014 Napa Pain Conference
- Pelvic Pain: A New Interventional Algorithm for Treatment
2013 Napa Pain Conference
- High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
2011 Napa Pain Conference
- Physiology of Discogenic Pain
- Clinical Research in Pain Practice
2008 Napa Pain Conference
- Intradiscal Biacuplasty: A new solution for treatment of discogenic pain / SI Joint denervation for chronic sacroilitis using a novel cooled radiofrequency procedure
- Deer, T. R., Mekhail, N., Provenzano, D., Pope, J., Krames, E., Thomson, S., … & Buvanendran, A. (2014). The appropriate use of neurostimulation: avoidance and treatment of complications of neurostimulation therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, 17(6), 571-598.
- Deer, T. R., Krames, E., Mekhail, N., Pope, J., Leong, M., Stanton‐Hicks, M., … & Foreman, R. D. (2014). The appropriate use of neurostimulation: new and evolving neurostimulation therapies and applicable treatment for chronic pain and selected disease states. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, 17(6), 599-615.
- Kapural, L., Kapural, M., Bensitel, T., & Sessler, D. I. (2010). Opioid-sparing effect of intravenous outpatient ketamine infusions appears short-lived in chronic-pain patients with high opioid requirements. Pain Physician, 13(4), 389-94.
- Narouze, S., Kapural, L., Casanova, J., & Mekhail, N. (2009). Sphenopalatine ganglion radiofrequency ablation for the management of chronic cluster headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 49(4), 571-577.
- Narouze, S. N., & Kapural, L. (2007). Supraorbital nerve electric stimulation for the treatment of intractable chronic cluster headache: a case report. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 47(7), 1100-1102.
- Rauck, R. L., Kapural, L., Cohen, S. P., North, J. M., Gilmore, C. A., Zang, R. H., & Boggs, J. W. (2012). Peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of postamputation pain—a case report. Pain Practice, 12(8), 649-655.
- Deer, T. R., Grigsby, E., Weiner, R. L., Wilcosky, B., & Kramer, J. M. (2013). A prospective study of dorsal root ganglion stimulation for the relief of chronic pain. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, 16(1), 67-72.